So here it is, the Man Booker Prize for Fiction Shortlist 2006.
Kiran Desai - The Inheritance of Loss (Hamish Hamilton)
Kate Grenville - The Secret River (Canongate)
M.J. Hyland - Carry Me Down (Canongate)
Hisham Matar - In the Country of Men (Viking)
Edward St Aubyn - Mother’s Milk (Picador)
Sarah Waters - The Night Watch (Virago)
I'm very sorry to see that James Lasdun isn't there as his book Seven Lies is very fine. However I'm glad to see M.J. Hyland there. I've got a proof copy of Hisham Matar's book by my desk and we're currently debating its merits....